The first behind-the-scenes photos from the Stranger Things: The First Shadow rehearsals for the upcoming stage play adaptation of the hit Netflix series have been revealed. This sneak peek comes ahead of the prequel stage play’s first previews on November 17 at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End. It will then be followed by its formal opening on December 14.
The photos mostly featured actor Louis McCartney, who will be portraying young Henry Creel. The prequel revolves around his arrival at Hawkins. The villainous character, also known as Vecna and One, is being portrayed by Jamie Campbell Bower. One of the photos also showed the reaction of series creators Matt & Ross Duffer to the cast’s performances.
Who’s the Cast of Stranger Things: The First Shadow?
Stranger Things: The First Shadow will be led by Oscar Lloyd as James Hopper Jr., Louis McCartney as Henry Creel, Isabella Pappas as Joyce Maldonado, Christopher Buckley as Bob Newby, Ella Karuna Williams as Patty Newby, Patrick Vaill as Dr. Brenner, and Shane Attwooll as Chief Hopper. Joining them are Chase Brown as Lonnie Byers, Ammar Duffus as Charles Sinclair, Gilles Geary as Ted Wheeler, Florence Guy as Karen Childress, Max Harwood as Allen Munson, Kemi Awoderu as Sue Anderson, Michael Jibson as Victor Creel, Matthew Pidgeon as Father Newby, Calum Ross as Walter Henderson, Maisie Norma Seaton as Claudia Henderson, and Lauren Ward as Virginia Creel.
Additional cast includes Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Tom Peters, KingdomSibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes, and Meesha Turner.
“Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries. Young Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town,” reads the synopsis. “When new student Henry Creel arrives, his family finds that a fresh start isn’t so easy… and the shadows of the past have a very long reach.”
Stranger Things: The First Shadow is directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, with Kate Trefry writing the play which will be rooted in the mythology and world of the Netflix global phenomenon. It is based on an original story by Jack Thorne and series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, who are attached to serve as creative producers.
The play is produced by Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions, with 21 Laps set as an associate producer. Netflix previously confirmed that the play will include clues that may be significant for the final chapter of the hit series.